Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

It would be boring if there was no Wikileaks. All the time new characters of public life become subject to the leaks. The themes are different each time but we can observe a certain pattern.

Suppose that a politician “X” spoke with an American diplomat and a written message from this conversation got to the media. The most often in such situations we get to know another face of the “X” person: he is courageous, critical towards his superiors, he says something different from what he usually says in public. But then, there’s a denial: in fact, that “X” did not criticize his boss, he did not toady to the Americans and he did not anticipate the failure of his own party.

Inevitably, a nation believes the Americans – not because they like them, but simply because a written document has a great credibility.

Here is my advice for those who talk with diplomats.

1. Diplomats hunt in pairs – one is asking, the other is taking notes. So, try to take another person with you for the meeting, as well.

2. Don’t be ashamed to take notes from the conversation.

3. Such talks usually take place in national offices or public places, and very rarely at the embassy. So, speak as if your words were to be found in the newspapers.

4. If, in spite of all this, your version of events is different from the American one, you can always sue them for defamation, provided that something will confirm your words.

However, all these wise observations will not change the common belief that opinions quoted by American diplomats simply fit the image of the characters – people with bloated ego and a little frustrated with their understated role in politics.

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  1. Wiki Leaks is starting to become more of a tabloid rather than a semi-credible source of information and a hint of what the international relations really are. It used to have the attractive flavor of forbidden info being revealed, maybe now it still does but it’s less and less appealing.

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